Hurling

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Inside Back: Where are they now?

Mick Bermingham
(Former Dublin hurler)

Published 14/10/2012|05:00

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Dublin's first All Star winner was hurler Mick Bermingham. In 1971, the Kilmacud Crokes player was selected as right corner-forward in the very first All Star team. He is often referred to as one of the best hurlers never to win an All-Ireland and in 1984 was named on the Centenary team of players who hadn't won All-Ireland honours.

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His interest in the game started at an early age -- there was a strong hurling tradition on both sides of the family. It was like a religion to them and it rubbed off on Bermingham.

"My mother's brother won a Railway Cup medal with Connacht in the 1940s and my father's first cousin was Mick Gill. He won an All-Ireland with Dublin in 1938," explains Bermingham.

So he began hurling for the south Dublin club in the early 1950s and played with them for most of the next 30 years.

During his career he won two Dublin senior county titles with Crokes and an intermediate championship too. Bermingham also won seven club championships while playing in New York.

The forward star played for the Dublin minors before graduating to the senior team. Along with representing his county, Bermingham won six Railway Cup medals with Leinster during the 1960s and '70s.

When Bermingham played hurling for Dublin the game was very strong but took a dip in popularity when the county footballers started winning All-Irelands in the mid 1970s. However, he feels that it's getting back to where it used to be.

"Hurling has come on in leaps and bounds; the promotion of the game at all levels is really starting to pay off," Bermingham says.

After he retired he stayed involved with Kilmacud Crokes and spent a period managing the senior team. He's still a big supporter of the club and will be in Parnell Park today for their county final match against Cuala.

"It's good for hurling in Dublin to have these two teams in the final. Cuala have been impressive and I think they are favourites. Crokes haven't been tested and need to prove themselves; it's a two-horse race and the best fighter will win on the day.

"All those young lads playing will have been in school together and have played each other at underage level so there is a healthy rivalry between the two clubs and it should make for a good game."

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